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liz

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on: October 08, 2011, 05:27:46 PM
Nolan and Dennis- I thought I saw a description of the portrait class someplace, so please show me where it is- maybe it wasn't on the forum.

Anyway, my questions are:
What would you recommend for me if I want to know how to draw/paint people in general, like sitting or standing on the beach, walking in a street scene, etc.  Or if I want to do animals before I attempt portraits?  I don't think I draw well enough to start portraits or realistic art. Suggestions? 


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Reply #1 on: October 08, 2011, 07:44:23 PM
The description of the portrait class is on the Events Page

We will not go too deep into the drawing side of things, eg. drawing figures and drawing from life. This will be painting portraits from photographs, so we will use grids and things to redraw.

If you want to get more into the drawing side of things, like the animals you mention, then I recommend our Lets Draw pencil drawing course


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Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 10:28:35 PM
Thank you, Nolan!  I'll check it out!


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Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 02:41:36 AM
Liz... Don't worry about not being able to 'draw' portraits. This was my first portrait I had ever attempted. It took a while, but I just took my time, made ample corrections along the way and this is the result. Haven't had quite as much luck with animals but still trying. I'm actually attempting a whole body in the next one...I'll post what I have so far. Don't ever be afraid to try.
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Reply #4 on: October 09, 2011, 05:16:50 AM
Good work Val. My wife used to draw thing like my son and this reminds me of them...i would not know the difference. It's so hard to begin!
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #5 on: October 09, 2011, 08:14:46 AM
Val, that is a fantastic portrait!!! that is your first one??? amazing!!

You need to keep going with portraiture. Not only is it drawn beautifully but you have captured the expression which is very difficult to do.



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Reply #6 on: October 09, 2011, 01:51:54 PM
I don't always get this lucky....  ??? I have two portraits, still bald while I wrestle with drawing cornrows. Nolan made a video for me and it still looks so easy when he does it. I just keep trying and eventually I'll get it. At least they're not looking like a herd of caterpillars any more. Just stragglers!  :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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Reply #7 on: October 09, 2011, 02:27:50 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, Val!  YOU DO VERY GOOD WITH FACES!  :clap:

I do want to work on my drawing skills, and not be an artist who can paint, but not draw!  Look at Pat, he's a good artist because he can really draw, too!

I did a 15 minute drawing yesterday which I'll post up.  I have to admit that I enjoyed doing it! Dennis talked about us setting goals, so right now I'm thinking about working on drawing skills, and saving portrait drawing for later.  I can probably do a decent job drawing a dog, but not a decent looking human! ::)

 


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Reply #8 on: October 09, 2011, 02:35:16 PM
I've tried to draw a picture of my 'granddog' (son's dog), not recognizable at all. I have one sketch of my sister's cat in the gallery under felines. that turned out half decent..at least it looks like her. Just can't seem to get the knack of the fur. That's my lot in life...to paint furless animals and bald rastas!  :2funny:
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Reply #9 on: October 09, 2011, 02:45:07 PM
 :2funny: I love it!  I want to paint my grand dog, also!  But first I have to learn how to draw a four footed critter!


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Reply #10 on: October 09, 2011, 02:48:46 PM
Oh god....they have feet?   ???  >:D  :2funny:
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Reply #11 on: October 09, 2011, 07:01:04 PM
 :2funny:  :2funny:  :2funny: Never heard of a granddog before.  :2funny:  :2funny:  :2funny:
I guess there is also a grandcat and a grandbird as well...   :confused:

I love it, Val. You're my hero.  :flowers:
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Reply #12 on: October 10, 2011, 01:43:45 AM
Most people get grandkids... I get grandcritters. I have 3..... Jasmin is the dog, Silas (eldest) is the cat, and Belly is a 4' ball python. (a real cuddler).  Perhaps I should draw Belly...she doesn't have fur!  :2funny:
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Reply #13 on: October 10, 2011, 09:26:11 AM
grandcritters  :2funny:  :2funny:  :2funny:

Stop it, you're splitting my sides...  ;D  ;D  ;D
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Reply #14 on: October 10, 2011, 10:51:38 AM
Do you mean to say they are all living on the boat with you and Lloyd?


 

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